I was saying last week on Facebook that botanic gardens are a wonderful place for inspiration…….
Seriously they ARE! Most of the plants are labelled so if you spot something you like, snap a photo of it and its name tag. If there is no tag, just take a photo – your local nursery should be able to tell you what the plant is!
So with snow on Mt Wellington in the background, I thought i’d brave the cold of Tassie to explore “Pete’s Vegie Patch” at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Tasmania in Hobart.
As it is the depths of winter (and a Tassie winter at that!) things are slower in the vegie garden at this time of the year. But I spotted a few great ideas….
The globe artichoke: a beautiful foliage plant that is great to incorporate into ANY part of the garden. Even if you don’t like eating the “fruit”, this is a hardy, attractive foliage plant.
Artichokes are perennial (meaning they grow for years, so you don’t need to replant them every season/year).
Artichokes LOVE: FULL sun and good drainage.
Good at growing weeds? Try the globe artichoke….they are related the thistle!!
Peas & Snow Peas: Now is the time to plant peas and snow peas (in all areas of Australia, except the tropics).
And they are going to need a climbing frame ……what a GREAT idea to use the left over stems of corn tied up into little teepees!
Love, love it. Great recycling and eco-friendly idea.
HINT: Dwarf varieties are fantastic if you don’t want tall climbing structures in the garden or pots.
Silverbeet: If you haven’t got some growing in the garden this winter. Make a note to plant some in autumn next year for a winter harvest. BUT you can also plant in SPRING.
Nope silverbeet is NOT the same as spinach, but they are members of the same family and you can cook with silverbeet in the same ways you can spinach.
HINT: Silverbeet is a VERY productive crop, because you don’t need to harvest the whole plant, just cut off the leaves as you need them!
And you’ve GOT to try the techni-coloured Silverbeet Five Colour Mix (or Rainbow Chard) from Diggers Club. It retains its vibrant colours when cooked – great one for kids!!
You don’t need a senior citizens card to get into your local botanic gardens, it’s probably nix to enter and they are JAM PACKED full of ideas for ANY kind of garden. Sooooo GET OUT THERE!
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